Portsmouth International Port
Also known as Portsmouth Port or Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port, Portsmouth International Port is a cruise, ferry and cargo terminal located in the city of Portsmouth on the South Coast of England. It operates departures and arrivals for cruise ships, cargo ships and passenger ferries.
|Portsmouth International Port|
|Operated by||Portsmouth City Council|
|Owned by||Portsmouth City Council|
Portsmouth investigated three locations for a ferry port at the end of the 1960s, before the current location was chosen. The choice was based on cost and the likely benefit of cross-channel ferries. The site was at the end of the newly constructed M275. Originally built with two berths the site opened in 1976 with the Earl William (Sealink) running to the Channel Islands, the Viking Victory (Townsend Thoresen) running to Cherbourg, and Brittany Ferries running to Saint-Malo.
Ferry Operators and Destinations
|Ferry Operator||Destination||Average Duration of Crossing||Frequency|
|Brittany Ferries||Ouistreham (Caen)||6 Hours||Up to three sailings per day|
|Brittany Ferries||Cherbourg-Octeville||3 Hours (fast-ferry); 4 Hours 45 Minutes (cruise ferry)||Summer: One fast-ferry sailing per day;|
Winter: Irregular cruise ferry sailings
|Brittany Ferries||Le Havre||3 Hours 45 Minutes (fast-ferry) 6 Hours (Économie ferry)||All Year: One or two 'Économie' sailings per day Summer: One fastcraft return sailing per day|
|Brittany Ferries||St Malo||8 Hours 30 Minutes||One departure per day|
|Brittany Ferries||Zierbena (Bilbao)||23 Hours / 33 Hours||Two return sailings per week|
|Brittany Ferries||Santander||24 Hours||Three return sailings per week|
|Condor Ferries||St Helier||10 Hours 30 Minutes||Six sailings per week|
|Condor Ferries||St Peter Port||6 Hours 30 Minutes||Six sailings per week|
In early 2019, it was announced that owners Portsmouth City Council had agreed to invest £33.7m to expand the Port. £18.7m would go towards developments within Portsmouth International Port. This would include levelling and extending Berth 2 so it could accommodate ships up to 255m in length, upgrading the passenger terminal to provide dedicated facilities for cruise passengers and replacing the 35 year-old passenger boarding tower. It is predicted that the improvements will lead to an increase in the number of cruise passengers at the Port from 50,000 to 150,000 in the coming years.
Isle of Wight Ferries
Ferry services to the Isle of Wight, operated by Wightlink, also depart from Portsmouth from other terminals within the city, away from Portsmouth International Port. The car ferry, which sails to Fishbourne, uses a dedicated terminal based in Old Portsmouth. In addition, a passenger catamaran service sails from Portsmouth Harbour railway station to Ryde Pier.
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